Rochester School Corporation
690 Zebra Lane
Rochester, IN 46975

Tel: 574-223 2159
Jana Vance, Supt.

    Rochester Community School Corporation

    Rochester Community School Press Releases:


    RCSC Restructioning Frequently Asked Questions

    We appreciate your questions and concerns regarding the restructuring of our district.
    Please email questions and concerns to: RCSC.Restructure@zebras.net

    to view the powerpoint presentation from the tuesday, april 13th restructuring Q&A session, please click HERE


    Columbia Elementary

    Q: If I ordered supplies online, will my child still get them if they are going to Riddle?
    A: Yes, supply lists for the grade levels will not change and any current 1st grader that ordered supplies, will have those delivered to Riddle for next year.

    Q: Will the curriculum for 2nd Grade Change?
    A: No, 2nd Grade teachers will continue to use the same curriculum, programs, etc. that they are currently using, they will just be teaching from Riddle instead of Columbia

    Q: Will there be a open house for Riddle and Columbia next year?
    A: Yes, we will be hosting open house out both locations. Times and dates TBD.

    Q: Will my child get a chance to visit Riddle before the start of next year.
    A: Yes, we will be setting up visits for this years 2nd and 1st grade students to visit Riddle before the end of the school year. This will be done during the school day and we will make sure the kids have a chance to tour the building, meets student and staff, and also meet Mr. Biernacki.

    Riddle Elementary

    Q: Will first and second grade students have the opportunity to tour Riddle?
    A: Yes. In May, the first grade students and the second grade students will come tour Riddle with their respective classes. We will show them the whole building and where their classes will be. We typically do this with the second grade class every year and we will add the first grade class as well.

    Q: Can I (Parent) visit the school with my student?
    A: Absolutely! The summer would be the best time to schedule a visit. I would be happy to take you and your student on a tour of Riddle. Feel free to email Mr. Biernacki luke.biernacki@zebras.net to set up a time.

    Q: Will my student be rotating classes at all?
    A: No. Your second grade and third grade student will not be rotating classes. They will have one assigned teacher just like at Columbia.

    Q: Will there be an Open House?
    A: Yes. Riddle and Columbia will coordinate a time for incoming students and parents to come see the school and meet their new teachers.

    Rochester Middle School

    Q: How separated will the 5th graders be from the 6th and 7th grade classes? Passing Periods? Lunch? Specials?
    A: The 5th grade classes will have their own hallway with classes right next to each other just as they do at Riddle. They will have a separate lunch and will not be in the hallway during 6/7th passing periods. The 5th grade will have their own elective (specials) classes as well, just as they do currently.

    Q: Will 5th grade still switch between classes as they currently do at Riddle?
    A: Yes, the plan is to keep this the same.

    Q: Will 5th grade be sent out to the parking lot with the rest of RMS to be dismissed?
    A: No, we will have a monitored dismissal for 5th grade.

    Q: Will 5th grade be moved to RMS athletics instead of youth?
    A: No, 5th grade will remain in our youth sports program and will not participate in RMS sports.

    Q: Will 5th graders have an opportunity to visit RMS before the start of the next school year?
    A: Yes, the upcoming 5th grade will have 2 dates to come and visit RMS. 5th Grade Orientation will be May 20th, 2021 at 6PM; and 5th Grade Riddle to Middle will be July 30th, 2021 at 8AM-12PM. 6th Grade will also have both opportunities as always as well. Their dates are as follows: 6th Grade Orientation will be May 18th at 6PM; and 6th Grade Riddle to Middle will be on July 29th, 2021 at 8AM-12PM.

    Q: Will 5th grade students still get to participate in the Running Club at Riddle? If so, how will they get there?
    A: Yes, we will provide school bus transportation back to Riddle Elementary for any 5th grade student that wants to participate in the after school clubs, etc.

     

    Rochester High School

    Q: Will 8th grade be eating lunch with the high school students?
    A: No, the 8th grade will have their own lunch period.

    Q: Will 8th grade students compete with the JV/Varsity teams?
    A: No, the 8th grade students will still compete as middle school students.

    Q: Will 8th grade be in the same classes as high school students?
    A: 8th grade will have their main classes (math, science, social studies, English) separate from 9-12 graders. They may be in the same elective classes as RHS students, such as band or art, which is consistent with what happens currently with 8th grade and high school students.

    Q: Will current 7th and 8th grade students get a chance to visit RHS before the start of next school year?
    A: Yes, we will be setting up visits for this years 7th and 8th grade students during the last weeks of April. In addition, the RHS will be open Monday thru Friday, June 1-25 from 8am-11am with students and/or staff members available to provide parents and students tours.

    Q: Where will the 8th grade classrooms be?
    A: Their main classes will be in the HPER room, tech hallway, and Ag hallway (all close together in the same wing). Their elective classes are dependent on which class they are taking.

    Q: Will 8th grade students share restrooms/locker rooms with 9-12 graders?
    A: No, the 8th grade wing will have their own restrooms and 8th graders will have PE separate from the 9-12 graders, so they will not be in the locker rooms together.




    Spring Sports Spectator Information

    Due to the nature of outdoor sports during the spring season and the current COVID conditions in Fulton County, there will not be a limit on spectators at spring athletic events hosted by RCSC.

    We understand that Governor Holcomb is removing the mask mandate across the state, but this DOES NOT include schools. Due to this reason, it is expected that spectators wear masks at athletic events and social distance by family units at all athletic events hosted by RCSC.

    Go Zebras!!!



    Shrek The Musical Ticket Information
    The RHS Spring production of Shrek The Musical will be April 16th & 17th at 7pm. This is a coming of age tale about celebrating our differences. It recognizes that we all deserve a happily ever after even if it looks different than the conventional fairy tale. At our production, we will be operating at 50% capacity. Masks will be required and all tickets must be purchased online. In person tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. For those that are unable to attend in person, there will be a $10.00 streaming option available. Below are the links where tickets can be purchased. In Person: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/49083 Streaming: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/49087


    New Kindergarten Round-up Information

    Kindergarten Round-Up will be held April 13th, 2021 at the Learning Center, 1818 Park Road, Rochester, IN 46975.  Round-Up should only take about 15 minutes per child.  At this time we ask that you social distance and everyone wear a mask while in the building.  Your child may be accompanied by 1 parent or guardian to keep numbers low.  If you are unavailable on this date your child may be accompanied by an adult of your choice. 

    All time slots are as follows:

    8:30am-9:00am

    9:00am-9:30am

    9:30am-10:00am

    10:00am-10:30am

    BREAK

    11:00am-11:30am

    11:30am-12:00pm

    12:00pm-12:30pm

    2:30pm-3:00pm

    3:00pm-3:30pm

    3:30pm-4:00pm

    4:00pm-4:30pm

    4:30pm-5:00pm

    5:00pm-5:30pm

    5:30pm-6:00pm

    We ask that you reply (do not reply to all) to my email (melisa.lahman@zebras.net Subject:  Round-Upwith your child’s first and last namechoosing 2 to 3 times that could work for you and your family.  Due to making sure everyone abides by the building guidelines we are taking up to 10 children for each time slot.  If you are a little early or late for your time slot, that is ok, we understand unexpected things come up in our day to day.  If you are unable to make it for Round-Up on this date email Melisa or call Columbia School 574-223-2501 and let her know or leave a message.  At this time there isn’t a make-up date for missed Round-Up.



    Kindergarten Round-up News

    April 13, 2021 from 8:30am-5:30pm
    Located at the Learning Center
    1818 Park Road
    Any questions please contact 574-223-2501
    Please click here for more information


    January 6th, 2021
    On behalf of the Rochester Community School System, I would like to thank each of you for your support
    during a very difficult time for our district, community and nation as a whole. Covid has brought challenges for
    each of us and that holds true for our district as well. I am thankful for our faculty and staff and their hard work to
    continue to support students at every level.
    As we enter a new year, my gratitude goes much deeper than what our faculty and staff are doing to provide
    for not only the best education for our students but their safety as well. I am thankful for the support of our parents
    and their willingness to follow safety protocols. For those parents/guardians who have had to attend a ‘zoom’
    conference with teachers and administrators, thank you for supporting your child’s education. To the parents of our
    fine arts students, thank you for following guidelines when concerts are in person; and, when we couldn’t safely
    have you in the district, thank you for supporting our virtual concerts. Parents of student athletes, thank you for
    wearing your masks and socially distancing both at home and away venues. Each and every one of you continues to
    lead by example. Thank you!
    A special thank you to Rochester Telephone Company for helping to live stream all events so parents and
    family members are able to watch their student participate in the various activities throughout our district. WROI
    has been a tremendous media resource in helping us relay information, thank you. And to our friends at the
    Rochester Sentinel and Shopping Guide News, thank you for continuing to support Rochester Community Schools.
    To our local health department, your help with contact tracing, answering our questions at nearly every
    hour of the day and evaluation of our re-entry plans continues to help us safe guard all who are in the district. Thank
    you!
    We speak often in our district about it “taking a village to raise a child”; now more than ever we realize
    how true that is. Thank you!
    My desire, as I am sure it is yours as well, is to return to as normal an environment as possible. But until
    then, your support and efforts do not go unnoticed!

    Respectfully,
    Jana K. Vance, Ed.S
    Superintendent
    Rochester Community School Corporation



    Food Delivery/Pick-up Information

    Food will be delivered on bus routes to students in the country starting tomorrow. Also meals can be picked up at the High School at Zebby Door from 11:30 -2:00 for students only. This will be run just like we did in November buses will stop at the offices of Arbor Woods, Country Meadows-11:00-11:30 and Four Seasons-11:45-12:15. 




    December 3, 2020

    As of 12/3/20, the Fulton County Health Department has approved the new CDC recommendations for quarantine as they pertain to close contact to an individual who is positive for Covid.  

     

    If a student or staff member of Rochester Schools is identified as a close contact to a positive person, they have 2 options for quarantine time:

     

    1. They may quarantine for 10 days from their exposure date to a positive person and come back to school/work without being tested.

                    OR

    1. They may quarantine for 7 days from their exposure date to a positive person and come back to school with a negative test result. The test cannot be taken before day 5 of quarantine and the individual must remain in quarantine through the 7 days. 

    Please note that the school does have to have verification of a negative test for the student or staff to return to school. 

     

    Per the Fulton County Health Department, members living in the same household as a person positive for COVID-19 cannot properly isolate.  Therefore, students or staff in the same household as a person positive for COVID-19 OR a person quarantining with symptoms but not tested will need to quarantine at home for 20 days. 

     

    Jana K. Vance, Ed.S

    Superintendent

    Rochester Community School Corporation





    Approved 2021-2022 RCSC School Calendar
    Please note the difference to Spring Break from what was on the proposed version.


    November 13th, 2020

    We know that Covid puts extra stressors on all and we are all feeling the exhaustion of the pandemic.  Please continue to work to safeguard your student and family as well as our district and community by:

    --Do not send your student to school if they are feeling ill or have a fever
    --Follow safety protocols by social distancing and wearing masks
    --Wash hands often
    --Adhere to basic personal hygiene

    If we can assist you or your family, please be sure to reach out to your building principal or school nurse.
    Thank you in advance for your patience and support.  

    Jana K. Vance, Ed.S

    Superintendent

    Rochester Community School Corporation






    November 6th, 2020

    Collective Bargaining Agreement
    The 2020-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement was approved during the Special Board Meeting on November 5th, 2020. Please click on the link above to view the signed and approved Agreement.



    November 3, 2020

    Meal Delivery Information

    Rochester Community Schools will continue to provide food routes and meal pick-ups for our families.  The meal packages will be available daily, Monday thru Friday.  Cafeteria staff will develop meals for all students. If you would like this free service please contact Mrs. Wilkinson (information below) to get your family included.  This FREE FOR ALL service will last until RCSC is back in session.  

    • FAMILIES WHO LIVE IN TOWN
      •  Pick up meals daily at the Zebby doors at RHS from 11:30 am -2:00 pm.  
    • FAMILIES OF STUDENTS IN THE COUNTRY
      • Routes will run as normal to deliver food  
      • If you live in the country, but do not ride a bus and would like to receive the meals, please contact Kathy Wilkinson.  
    • ARBOR WOODS, COUNTRY MEADOWS, FOUR SEASONS
      • A bus will stop at the office of your neighborhood and meals can be picked up from the bus at the following times.   
      • Arbor Woods: 11:00 a.m.
      • Country Meadows:11:00 a.m.
      • Four Seasons:11:45 a.m.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or need additional information or help.  

    Kathy Wilkinson

    Director of Food Services

    Rochester Community Schools

    Kathy.Wilkinson@zebras.net

    574-223-2159 ext. 5004  



    October 19, 2020

    Free Breakfast and Lunch Extended
    Free Breakfast and Lunch will be provided until June 30, 2021

    Parents should continue to fill out the application for Free/Reduced assistance if needed, as this process applies for book rental fees, and it will be applicable for meals when this waiver from the USDA expires.




    September 14th, 2020
    Free Breakfast and
    Lunch
    Beginning Monday, September 14th, RCSC will begin providing FREE breakfast and lunch each day for ALL students throughout the district. This is offered and made possible through a waiver from the USDA and is available until December 31st 2020 or until the federal funds are depleted.

    Parents should continue to fill out the application for Free/Reduced assistance if needed, as this process applies for book rental fees, and it will be applicable for meals when this waiver from the USDA expires.

    Virtual students will still be receiving their meals through deliveries.


    Arrival/Dismissal Information


    Preschool
    Smart Start is from Noon to 2:30pm
    Little Zebras is from 8:30am to 2:15pm

    Columbia Elementary

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday -
    doors open at 7:45am; school will begin at 8:15am.
    Wednesday -
    doors open at 8:15am; school will begin at 8:45am.
    Car dismissal will be the same every day of the week and will begin at 2:45pm. Students who ride the bus will be dismissed when the busses arrive at 3pm.

    Riddle Elementary
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - doors open at 7:45am; school will begin at 8:15am.
    Wednesday -
    doors open at 8:15am; school will begin at 8:45am.
    Dismissal will begin at 3pm.

    Rochester Middle School

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday -
    doors open at 7:30am; school will begin at 8:00am.
    Wednesday 
    - doors open at 7:30am; school will begin at 8:30am.
    Dismisal will begin at 2:45pm.

    Rochester High School
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday -
    doors open at 7:30am; school will begin at 8:15am.
    Wednesday 
    -
    doors open at 8:00am; school will begin at 8:45am.
    Dismisal will begin at 2:42pm.









    Steps to prevent illness:
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-
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    navirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fprevention-treatment.html

    CDC Main Website
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html



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